STAR-STAR has delivered a range of activities to protect the human rights and welfare of vulnerable people at risk of HIV in North Macedonia.
The organisation has played a critical role in informing the Ministry of Health's PrEP protocol and prevention strategy. In November 2019, STAR–STAR joined two other community organisations on the government’s technical working group for the PrEP Protocol.
STAR-STAR worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) Office in North Macedonia to undertake research on how HIV prevention services could be strengthened and expanded. STAR-STAR conducted four focus groups (n=33) in Skopje, Gostivar and Strumitsa, with sex workers on the experiences and perceptions of access to, and use of, HIV prevention tools. Learn more about STAR-STAR’s research here.
STAR-STAR continues to champion globally recognised frameworks and tools that meaningfully engage and include sex workers in the design of HIV programmes.
STAR-STAR presented the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, NSWP) to a special committee on the government’s National HIV Commission. This committee defines the government’s HIV programming approach and commits to using this tool to design HIV prevention and treatment services directly with sex workers.